Tips to help you work less and relax more in 2009

Certainly, today’s always-on-and-available-anywhere technology can lead to addictive work habits. We’ve all seen examples of that among friends and family. But having a cheap, convenient, 24/7 global reach through technology can also efficiently enable you to live the life you’ve always wanted. The choice is yours. Here are some affordable tools and ideas that harness…

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Getting a new PC? Protect and purge files now

When you stop and think about it, your home computer holds a lot of information about you—credit card numbers, bank account details, passwords, medical information, Web sites you’ve visited, and those deep, dark secrets you share with your best friend via e-mail.  There naturally comes a time when you’re ready for an upgrade, whether it…

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Open, edit, and save Office 2007 documents: Download the Office Compatibility Pack

I get a lot of comments (angry comments) from friends, family, and colleagues saying that they can’t open Office 2007 documents they get from me or other people using the latest version of Office. There are a couple of ways to avoid this issue. If you’re using Office 2007, you can save your documents as previous…

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Find files faster: Save your searches in Windows Vista

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the differences between Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP (or Google Desktop Search) and the desktop search and organization capabilities in Windows Vista. There are many features that are different, but in particular, one feature, called Search Folders, stands out. Search Folders are saved searches that free…

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Download an e-mail checklist

Regardless of why you send e-mail—be it to kick off a big project or to ask party guests to RSPV—you want people to read and act on your message. But in the rush of getting everything done at work and at home, it’s easy to leave out important details in the message. The result: We don’t always get…

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5 steps to clean up your computer files

When we started the At Home and At Work Web sites, we thought that most of the reader questions we’d get would be about complex Excel formulas, editing digital photographs, or how to build a PC from spare parts. In fact, your questions tend to be a bit more practical. One of the most common…

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Take your files with you

USB flash drives are not revolutionary, but the comments we’ve gotten about them in 7 ways to share information show that they’re not as well-known as I thought. Also, I used mine last week to take some files to my relative’s house and I got a load of comments about it from my family and at…

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"For Your Eyes Only": How to lock a file

Everything is a File If you think Microsoft people consider file management one of the least glamorous parts of the Windows operating system, you’d be forgetting we get excited about some pretty geeky stuff. I, for one, get excited about understanding the basics of working with the file system, because whether you’re writing a book,…

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Super simple sorting: Organize your files

A friend of mine is moving to a new home and getting a new computer at the same time. Hard to say which will be the most disorienting… Anyway, she’s one of those people who doesn’t have a lot of files, so she just keeps them all in her My Documents folder. She has a…

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Find e-mail and files faster

Of all the feedback we’ve gotten on the 7 Tips for Managing Your Files Better and 4 Ways to Keep Control of Your E-Mail Inbox, the most frequently asked question we get is how to find lost files and e-mail messages. You’re not alone. Despite my best efforts to stay organized I often have to search…

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